Check These Out: EW's Nifty Oscar Trends Countdown Charts

January 29, 2010
Source: Entertainment Weekly

Oscar Countdown Chart

Even though the Oscars nominees will be officially announced on Tuesday next week, there's still lots of last minute discussion and buzz surrounding what will be nominated and what will win. Over on Entertainment Weekly (via Awards Daily) they've put together multiple Oscar Countdown Charts that combine various predictions from multiple sources. The charts are superbly designed to help regular moviegoers track trends in this year's Oscar race. You can click over to EW to check out more Oscar charts and interact with them, since you can click on them and do all kinds of fun stuff. As expected, The Hurt Locker looks like it will win.

Click the image below to go to for more Countdown Charts including Actor, Actress, and Director.

EW's Oscar Countdown Chart

As much as I enjoyed The Hurt Locker, I'd much rather see Up in the Air or Inglourious Basterds or Avatar or even Up win Best Picture instead. But if this is any indication, it will win. I'm actually more excited to see what 10 films get nominated for Best Picture, since this is the first year they'll have 10 nominees (and that could shake things up). If 500 Days of Summer or Star Trek or District 9 get nominated, I'll be very happy. Additionally, on the Actress Chart, with Sandra Bullock's win at the SAG Awards, I feel like she's going to get the Oscar. And damnit, that just pisses me off. Give it to Carey Mulligan or Gabourey Sidibe instead!

So there you have it, these are the best Oscars predictions we've seen. What are your picks this year?

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  • nelson
    Avatar better not win if beautiful effects is all you need to win an Oscar Michael bay should of won by now
  • Janny
    If i had to pick it I would give it to District 9, it was an amazing piece of film making, but alas if it was go to a sci fi movie they would probably go with avatar but judging by their past picks the hurt locker or up in the air will most likely get it, from which i would prefer up in the air, though i thoroughly enjoyed the hurt locker to refresh peoples minds the previous winners include: slumdog millionare, no country for old men, the departed (over letters from iwo jima), crash, million dollar baby, LOTR:RotK, chicago, a beautiful mind, gladiator
  • Frightened Inmate #2
    I like to see Inglorious Basterds win. Didnt really care for The Hurt Locker and Avatar was okay. I liked District 9, but I dont think it will even get a nomination. Hangover was funny, but does it belong on this list?
  • ives
    I would hardly say that Michael Bay makes beautiful effects. Shit just explodes
  • Al
    Hurt Locker win? Possible yes, but I doubt it. None of these groups have members who vote in the Oscars except for a few producers from the Producers Guild. Also the weighted voting will pay favors to Basterds or Up In The Air.
  • L1A
    meh hurtlocker was mediocre movie. up in the air is much better movie
  • Taylor
    Where is all the love for A Serious Man? IMO, it is the most oscar-worthy film of 2009.
  • rowdy
    hurt locker all the way
  • rowdy
    just my opinion but I thought that District 9 was the most thought out, best executed sci fi movie of the year and surpased avatar and star trek and it would be a shame if it didnt get the recognition it deserves
  • DoomCanoe
    i think Inglorious Bastards deserves best picture but would be more then happy if they gave it to The Hurt Locker i think those are the only two movies that even come close to the best of the year.
  • David
    Thought Hurt Locker was good but Basterds was better so to me Basterds gets Best Picture. P.S. District 9 was one of the biggest pieces of crap I have ever seen. P.S.S. The Hangover was overrated and all the funny parts were the preview to the movie.
  • Sean
    Why is the Hurt Locker even doing on here? It came out 2 years ago. And it wasn't that good to begin with.
  • Avatar winning would be more evidence that the Oscars are in desperate need of a ratings boost. A nomination is its reward - besides, it's going to sweep the technical categories anyway. The Hurt Locker should win Best Picture (and especially Best Director). It was artfully directed and was easily the most suspenseful film of 2009. Inglourious Basterds and Up in the Air are the runners-up IMHO. I actually believe that the preferential weighted-ballot voting system will help Hurt Locker (the Producers Guild used the same preferential voting system) more than the other films. Avatar has a major group of detractors (actors, writers) while Up in the Air hasn't been received with as much attention from the industry awards (other than Reitman's script). Plus a win will be fantastic for a tiny film like The Hurt Locker which was made for only $11 million as compared to Avatar which was made for like $250 million.
  • tobi,leader of the akatsuki
    i loved district 9,star trek & ingloriuos basterds,haven't seen any of the others so can't really comment but i wouldn't mind seeing the hurt locker,avatar & nine(is this that animated end of mankind thing.)
  • Why doesn't it have "Up" winning at the golden globes? It won best animated feature.
  • @14 No Nine is a musical starring Daniel Day Lewis which is based on Fellini's 8 1/2. The movie you're thinking of is 9 which was directed by Shane Acker and produced by Tim Burton.
  • geoff
    District 9 and The Hurt Locker where the only two films this year that had me on the edge of my seat. Inglorious Basterds had horrid pacing (any move that has me looking at my watch does not deserve best picture.) Avatar I admit had me in awe at times. But never once did I not correctly guess what was going to happen next. Up in the Air was good but not great. Honestly I wish District 9 would win. Yes it's a first time director, but threwout the entire film I had no idea what was going to happen next, and the film just bled wonderful scenes and acting. From beginning to end I was enthralled, and the film just ended in a perfect way.
  • David
    #17 Geoff I can't understand how you can say District 9 "bled wonderful scenes and acting". I can't remember the last time I saw a movie and wished that the main character would die in the end. The main character was terrible you did not care at all about this guy. I'm glad you enjoyed yourself so much with it but to me it was crap.
  • shadow
    @David There was a point in the film I despised Wikus, when he hit Christopher over the head. But I could completely understand what his mind went threw to make that choice. He's a normal guy that had his life, all his shields, his friends, taken away from him. And he acted like it, he was an asshole, he made bad decisions. I love his character because he is flawed, because I hate him, because he acts like a normal person would. That's what I mean when I say the ending was perfect. Wikus is suffering for his actions from before and hopefully changing as a sentient being.
  • ImaginaryVisionary
    It hadn't occurred to me until I saw this list, but really....what a bland and unimpressive year of movies. Granted I liked some of these films, but none of them have really stuck with me like Oscar films of the past. I was very surprised by how much I liked Avatar (I dislike and/or completely despise most things James Cameron), loved the Hurt Locker, Inglorious Basterds was the first Tarantino movie I've liked since Reservoir Dogs, Up, although impressive was probably one of my least favorite Pixar films, impressed by District 9 for a Summer action flick...but not as an Oscar worthy film. 500 Days of Summer may be my favorite movie of the year, and the only movie that will stick with me....but its just a well done Rom Com, not an Oscar caliber film!
  • twispious
    #20 I completely agree last year was a mediocre year for films.avatar,hurt locker etc all perhaps in some way have merit but really,just no great addition to Cinema.
  • Dee
    Well every one stop kissing George Clooney's ass please. He's good but he isn't great. The only movie I loved him in was O Brother Where Art Thou? Up in the Air was mediocre and Avatar was pretty but I chalk up as any other action movie. The Hurt Locker was the best one out of the bunch #20 and #21 hit the nail on the head. Slow year for Oscars. The two movies that I enjoyed the most this last year were 500 days and Zombieland. They should just give the Oscar to Milk or The Reader to make up for Slumdog's cheap win last year




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